Miami Hurricanes football team in virus protocols

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The Miami Hurricanes’ plans to play the Sun Bowl on Dec.31 appear uncertain at best, after the school announced on Tuesday that its football program had entered COVID-19 protocols.

The Hurricanes did not say how many players or coaches are currently struggling with virus-related issues. The team were due to resume bowl practice in earnest this week after taking time off last week for the Finals.

Miami (7-5) is expected to play against Washington State (7-5) in El Paso, Texas. El Paso officials said earlier this week that their city recorded a COVID-19 positivity rate of around 15% over the past week.

“The university remains committed to its goal of participating” in the bowl game, said the Hurricanes, “while ensuring the continued health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches and staff.”

Meanwhile, much like it did with the Miami women’s basketball team earlier this week when they were forced to forfeit Atlantic Coast Conference rival Duke due to virus issues, COVID-19 issues at Georgetown and Boston College caused both teams to lose forfeits in their conference rankings.

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Boston College’s men’s basketball game in Wake Forest scheduled for Wednesday is called off during the Atlantic Coast Conference game. Georgetown’s Wednesday game at No. 22 Providence is also called off in the Grand Est.

The leagues announced the cancellations on Tuesday. In both cases, forfeits will only count in the league standings and will not affect the overall balance.

In the ACC, Boston College’s next scheduled game is Dec. 29 at home against Florida State. Wake Forest is also set to play that day at Louisville, which suspended the team’s activities on Monday due to several positive tests and had to call off its rivalry game with the Kentucky No.20.

In the Grand Est, Georgetown – coached by former Hoyas and NBA great Patrick Ewing – should play next Tuesday at Creighton. Providence hosts No.15 Seton Hall on December 29.

Elsewhere, No. 7 from Kansas to Colorado on Tuesday night was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols as part of the Buffalos program. Additionally, Michigan said its game against Purdue Fort Wayne for Tuesday night was canceled due to Mastodons program protocols, while Grand Canyon canceled its game against Nevada on Tuesday due to COVID-19 protocols in the program. Antelopes with no plans to reprogram.

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Coppin State has canceled two road games – Thursday against George Mason and Dec. 29 against Indiana State – due to positive tests in their schedule. The Eagles are set to return to action Jan. 8 at South Carolina State to open the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.

Memphis (6-4) is on hiatus after COVID-19 issues forced the Tigers to cancel last weekend’s game against then-No.18 Tennessee in Nashville with an announcement coming in the 75 minutes from the expected tip time. Memphis also had to postpone Tuesday night’s scheduled game with Alabama State.

In a statement, the school said it plans to resume operations on Monday unless further positive COVID-19 tests are tested.

Wisconsin No.24, whose game against Morgan State on Thursday was called off due to COVID-19 issues in the Bears program, has found a new opponent. The Badgers will now host George Mason on Thursday.

In women’s basketball, Indiana, eighth in the standings, said their Tuesday game against Wright State was called off due to positive testing under the Wright State program. The game will not be invented.

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Wright State had only played once since Nov. 24 and suffered two Horizon League losses by forfeit.

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